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We understand that not all of you are able to recieve SchoolPING messages at the moment so we will be adding the most important communication messages here.

Friday 22nd May 2020 - Re-opening arrangements

Dear Parents and Carers,

By now you will know that we are planning to re-open our school to children in Reception and Year 1 whose parents have told us that they are happy for their children to return to school, and to keyworkers who require it.

Details about the re-opening arrangements for our school are available on the school website under the ‘Coronavirus’ tab.

The school will be closed for the half term break Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May 2020.

School will be closed on Monday 1st June for a Staff Development Day.

School will ONLY be open to key worker and vulnerable children from June 2nd 2020.

School will re-open to children in Reception and Year 1 whose parents have told us that they are happy for their children to return to school from Monday 8th June 2020.

We thank you very much for your continued support during these challenging and ever-changing times!

Wednesday 12th May 2020 - Parent Survey regarding school opening

Good Afternoon.
Please read the attached letter regarding a survey to support us in formulating a plan to re-open the school to children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
For any parents you know who may not have access to PING, please could we ask you to let them know. 

There is a direct link to this survey on the front page of the school website.

 It only needs to be completed once per family.

It is vital that you complete the survey as it will help us plan for the safe return of your children.

Thank you for your help.

Tuesday 12th May 2020 - Information regarding Government plans to re-open schools

Good Afternoon, 

Firstly, I hope you are well and safe during this very difficult time.  I wanted to keep you updated with the latest information we have about schools.
Please read the attached letter regarding the planned re-opening of schools, for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 pupils from June 1st.
We will get any further information out to you as soon as we can over the coming days.
Please pass the information along to other Greenvale parents who may not have access to PING or the website.
Thank you 

Click here to read the letter

Thursday 7.5.2020 'VE Day'

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Firstly, thank you for all you are doing at home - we are extremely proud of how everyone has adapted to the changes and continues to do so. Friday May 8th, is a Bank Holiday to coincide with Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, which marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Please read the attached letter which has information and ideas about how you could find out more about VE day. Links can also be found on the school website here - scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page


Thursday 23.4.2020 'Phonics help at home'

Please read the attached letter from the Department for Education about help they are offering with phonics at home. They say:

We are pleased to let you know that your child can receive a daily phonics lesson whilst schools are closed. Phonics is the way we teach children to recognise the sounds in words. It helps your child to learn to read and is an essential part of your child’s education. The online lessons are designed to follow the phonics programme your child has been learning at school and are the only online Letters and Sounds lessons approved and funded by the Department for Education.”

The lessons are aimed at Year 1 and Reception.

At Greenvale we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics. We know that all children learn at different rates and that your child may be ahead of, or catching up with, what these videos offer. Please feel free to use them in the way which fits in best with how you are learning from home.

The online lessons will be available from Monday 27th April, and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw

There are introduction and explanation videos available now.

You can also register with the following site to access reading books online, on your phone or a tablet, which will help to support your child’s progress with reading.


These links will also be available on the school website under the ‘Helping at Home’ tab.

Monday 20.4.2020 'Term 5 learning grids'

We have updated the school website with term 5 learning packs for all of the children.

Please go to our 'Helping at Home' tab, where you will find a dropdown section labelled 'Term 5 learning packs'.

This page has activities for all year groups from Nursery to Year 2.

If you are able to you can download the grids to save or print.

We have also made them visible on the website page so that you can read the activity tasks from the screen without the need to print them out.

Monday 20.4.2020 'Department for Education - update Sunday 19th April 2020'

You may be aware from the news and government updates of the following information regarding school closures - please read carefully - thank you.

Schools will remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children who are encouraged to attend where it is appropriate for them to do so. We will only re-open schools when the scientific advice indicates it is safe to do so, and will consult closely with the sector on our approach.

It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. Reducing the number of children making the journey to school, and reducing the number of children in educational settings, will protect the NHS and save lives by reducing the risks of spreading the virus.

Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Tuesday 31.3.2020 'Work books'

Hello all!
A few of us have been busy in the school this week and we have found some  workbooks which will be of more use to you at home than us here in school at the moment.
They will be available for you to come and collect from the school drive for the rest of this week. 9:30am - 1:30pm

Wednesday 1st April – Year N and R – Bat and Fox and Nursery
Thursday 2nd April – Year 1 – Rabbit and Owl
Friday 3rd April – Year 2 – Badger and Hedgehog

We have plenty for everyone.
If you come up to collect anything, we must ask you to stick to the government's strict guidelines about leaving the house – see below.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
•    shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
•    one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
•    any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
•    travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
These reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

We must stress that we are only offering this as part of your limited travel/exercise – we are NOT asking you to make the trip especially.

Wednesday 25.3.2020 'Maths at home'

Mrs Wilder has kindly provided the following information for you all for maths you can be doing at home. 
The link  can  be found on our website under the 'Helping at Home' tab.

"For all year groups - this link will take you to the planning and lessons we follow in school for maths. They have very kindly set up a daily video lesson plus worksheet to complete, from Early Years through to Year 8. There's also a daily online session from 10am - 11am where you can interact on Facebook and Twitter or email mathshelp@whiterosemaths.com with questions and share solutions. Great to keep children engaged and involved in maths!"

Tuesday 24.3.2020 'Tuesday update'


Please see the school website for the latest updates regarding the current situation for the school.
 These measures have never been seen before and highlight how serious these are. Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives. 

The position of the emergency childcare in school is still in place for those who absolutely need it. Only those key workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should put their children and our staff at risk. If you can keep your child at home, please do so. 
For work to be completed at home, please go to the 'Helping at Home' tab. We will keep this up-to-date over the next few days and weeks.
 As we receive any other information regarding the situation we will keep you updated.
Stay safe. 

Friday 20.3.2020 'Corona Closure update'

On Friday we contacted all parents who met the key worker criteria and who registered for the childcare provision we are running from tomorrow (Monday 23rd March 2020).
For registered children, the provision starts at 9:00am. Children will need to be signed in at the school office. Please observe social distancing from other families as you wait to come in.
If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

Friday 20.3.2020 'Corona Closure update'

Dear Parents and Carers, We very much hope that you and your families continue to stay well as we all adjust to this unprecedented situation.

As you are probably aware we experiencing daily changes with notifications and directives from DfE. We will endeavour to keep you informed and updated if we have news of changes via SchoolPING and our school website.

Please read the attached letter regarding home learning.

Thank you for your support at this difficult and ever changing time.

Thursday 19.3.2020 'Key Workers'

Please read the attached letter regarding pupils who may be eligible to come in to school from Monday 23rd March.

Key Worker criteria

The government will release a list of key workers later today so please check that list and then if your child falls into any of the designated key worker categories and you would like him/her to attend school from Monday 23rd March 2020, please phone the school office by 12:00pm, lunchtime, tomorrow (Friday 20th March).

We again thank you for your patience at this very difficult time.

Thursday 19.3.2020 'Updates'

Please read the attached letter regarding yesterdays government announcement regarding keyworkers.

Thank you for your patience at this very difficult time.

Update letter

Thursday 19.3.2020 'Working at home'

Dear Parents and Carers,

Work packs are being provided today for children.

They are not an exhaustive list or set of resources, they give an indication of the kind of work your child could be doing with you at home.

Our school website has a tab named ‘Helping at home’. This has links to useful online learning resources which will be of great benefit to you.


If you are self-isolating, you could ask a friend, colleague or family member to collect a pack of work from the front office. They can then safely put this through your front door. Let them know which year group your child is in.

Keep safe, and know that as a school and a community, we are thinking of you all.

Mrs Allnutt


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